Mercedes boss: we want flexibility in transition from ICE to EV


“I see battery-electric automobiles as those scaling up on the brand new passenger automobile facet. As for carbon-reduced fuels, all the best way to zero-carbon fuels, aviation will want them, together with areas comparable to transport. On the trail to 100% zero-emission automobiles being offered, there’s nonetheless going to be a automobile parc of 1.5 billion to 2 billion [existing ICE] automobiles. If you wish to decrease the burden of these automobiles, carbon-reduced fuels make sense. However windmill to wheel, the effectivity of an EV is 70% better than e-fuel.

“Plus, I’ve not but seen an industrial-scale effort to take CO2 out of the environment, which it’s good to make it really round. To make these fuels actually round, it’s good to take hundreds of thousands and hundreds of thousands of tonnes of CO2 out of the environment. It’s not a simple process. It’s not a cheap process. I believe it’s approach into the 2030s earlier than that’s industrialised. Whereas BEV is going on now.”

How necessary is autonomous driving to Mercedes?

Mercedes EQS with Drive Pilot driver assistance passing the Golden Gate bridge

“We have now super-sophisticated level-two-plus programs which are getting higher and higher, however with the clear distinction that it’s the driver that’s accountable. I see thrilling developments there.

“Now, Mercedes is the primary producer to take child steps into autonomous driving the place it’s really the pc driving – it’s accountable and it takes legal responsibility. That’s an enormous soar. We launched Freeway Drive Pilot in Germany and now the US within the S-Class and EQS, and we’re taking a look at growing it. It solely works at decrease speeds, however in site visitors you may flip it on and skim your WhatsApp messages or no matter you need to do.


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